Facing the Dual Challenges of Breast Cancer and Mental Health Conditions

Facing the Dual Challenges of Breast Cancer and Mental Health Conditions

Women with mental illness are not more likely than the general population to get breast cancer, but they are more likely to be diagnosed later than in the general population and they are much more likely to die from it. Lower rates of breast cancer screening may contribute to this. A review of research found that rates of mammography screening are lower in women with mental illness, particularly women with serious mental illness (50 percent less likely to receive mammography than members of the general population) and the difference is not explained by emotional distress. People with mental illness are...

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